Tuesday, 14 October 2008

• I Remember You

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 with 2 comments

I remember behaving like this. I apologise and don't mean to.

Last night was my first Monday training night at Parliament House after daylight saving resumed, and wouldn't you know it? We could see outside alright, and what we could see was pouring rain and flashes of lightning. The paths were too slippery and the lightning somewhat daunting, so we trained under cover in the under-ground car park. The revised program was six intervals of 90 seconds or so with a short walk/jog, resuming on about 5 minutes, each interval on a loop at the northern end of the car park so we would not have to breathe the fumes at the southern end.

Training were Bronwyn, Helen, Jodie D, Katie, birthday boy Ken (see below), Miranda & Yelena. I jogged and supervised; Joel & Christopher said hello but didn't train.

This Thursday is the start of the ACT Masters new Track and Field season. Events on the track on the first day incude a one mile race, and a combined 3k/5k.

ACTMA track program this Thursday
6.00 pm Long Hurdles
6.15 pm 1500m Walk
6.30 pm 100m
6.50 pm Mile
7.10 pm 400m
7.30 pm 3000m/5000m

It looks like being a good track season with many of the speedygeese running well leading up to it. Our training will focus in the next few weeks on regaining some of that speed we may have lost with longer running. Best wishes to all competing on the tarck.

Happy birthday for last Tuesday to our new M55 - Ken White

The photo shows Ken running away from speedycoach early in the August handicap. Unfortunately for Ken, speedycoach had regained the lost ground by halfway and cleared out after that.

All the same, I am glad we are in different age groups so we can help each other instead of targetting each other. Ken is very speedy and runs good times over middle distances.

Ken's first race as an M55 is the one mile on the track this Thursday night. He thinks that Kevin's record of 5:07 is just beyond him though. But he should do well regardless.

More recent results - Orroral Valley 20km:
10 Mick Horan 1.46.50
13 Roger Pilkington 1.54.44
14 Alan Duus 1.58.43
15 Peter Hogan 2.05.15
3 Kelley Flood 1.46.50
6 Maria O'Reilly 1.54.43
7 Helen Larmour 1.54.45
Perhaps I should have run! It sounds like it was an enjoyable course on which to do a long training run on. The 32k option may have been a tad far, but 20k seems ideal.

Melbourne Marathon
As well as the marathon there was a half marathon which included the Australian road championships. The ACT pulled off a rare coup by winning the teams event, something very difficult to do on Victoria's home turf. My friend Scott McTaggart was second, and Anthony Haber who started his running career with our running group for a season ran fifth.
There was also a 10k event which Ewen and Thea went down for, Thea couldn't start due to blisters, Ewen finished in 46:36 for 210th place.

Someone who is trying to gain a foothold in the public eye is former Australian orienteering champion Roger Nicoll, a candidate in the Ginninderra electorate for Saturday's ACT elections. I have known Roger for a long time and he has been active in the Belconnen area for the last thirty years. For more information see his website. If you have not already decided how you are going to vote, I highly recommend him. "Not just words. Roger's already doing it".


  1. just out of curiosity, how far do you usually run at Parliament House.

    See you either this week or next.

    Anne Travis.

  2. At Parliament House we usually run about 8k or 9k in total including up to two big laps warm-up and up to one big lap cool-down. Two or three of us also run about 7k or 8k before this session. So my total is about 16k but most people total about 9k.